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Meet the winners of the 2019 National Book Award

See which books took home the top prize in young people's literature, translated literature, poetry, nonfiction, and fiction last night.

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Young People’s Literature

1919 The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler

From the publisher: “1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to racism so violent that that summer would become known as the Red Summer. The suffrage movement had a long-fought win when women gained the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year. Now, one hundred years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever.”

About the author: Martin W. Sandler is the author of more than 60 books and a two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize. He also has five Emmy Awards for his work in writing for television.

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